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10 March 2011

Cardinals Winter

is finished.


I love it. It looks just like I wanted it to look. Frosty and icy, red popping, just the way the cardinals look when they come to visit us during snow storms. I love watching our cardinals visit. (Except that one female who lands on the window screen and glares at us--I don't like being rebuked by a bird) The males are not all the same shade of red; some are richer ruby red, some are this incredible devil red that, surely, God was having a really good day when he made. I never noticed that before moving to the country. In the summer, we don't notice them as much, but, when the world around you is dreary and white, it sure is a basic "happy" to see that pop of color. Our bunnies are a bit more "whispery"; they zip across the front yard after dusk and live under the front steps or in one of the bushes. In the winter, it's a little gift to find their tracks in the snow.

One of the things I've tried to do this winter is to start noticing things like that. It seems to me that, for all the annoyances of snow, it hides the ugly and allows nature to show itself. I rush by farm fields in the winter nights, eager to get home, but, this winter, I've tried to notice the details, and it's been fascinating--seemingly barren fields where I've never seen deer, but I see their tracks now, and I know they're there. I like that. I like seeing them silhouetted against the winter night sk (as long as they stay off the road). I love seeing the colors of the birds, the blue of the jays and the red of the cardinals--you can't manufacture that pretty. It's been a wonderful winter in that regard.

10 comments:

Patty C. said...

Looks great - I have this pattern but haven't started my stitching yet - I am soooo motivated now !!

Kathy A. said...

That is a lovely design. Nice work.

Blu said...

Lovely finish!

I think hoarfrost is just spectacular. It changes the world to a winter wonderland.

GrannySue said...

What a beautiful piece and what beautiful thoughts. We don't get snow where I live and I hate to admit it, but I don't miss it in the least!!

Crystal said...

WOW, I need to get mine out and get it stitched too. I love yours looking forward to seeing how you finish it.

Carol said...

Such a pretty finish, Rachel, and I really love the blue that you used in place of the brown border.

Astrid's dragon said...

That is adorable! I love watching our cardinals too, they bring "bling" to winter.

valerie said...

Cute finish! Love the color changes...

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finish! I just love cardinals!

Pumpkin said...

Lovely finish Rachel! I think more people have to stop what they're doing and open their eyes to what's out there ;o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls